Welcome to Jamaica Hospital’s Psychiatry residency Program

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center serves as the anchor for the MediSys Healthcare Network, one of the major teaching hospitals in New York City that incorporates the medical institutions of Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. The MediSys Health Network is an exciting place in which to master the study of Psychiatry. The four-year residency program is fully accredited by the ACGME. Cultural diversity is emphasized in our institutions given their unique location in New York City, in the borough of Queens, home to the largest population of immigrants from all over the world.  Residents do rotation at both Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals, in addition to the Forensic Rotation at either Elmhurst Hospital, on the Women’s Forensic Unit or with the Queens Court System. The residency program was initially established by Dr. Seeth Vivek, Chairman Emeritus for the Psychiatry Department. His emphasis on education has established a program committed to providing in‑depth, comprehensive training, focusing on the understanding of human behavior. Skills are developed through a carefully planned sequence of training experiences and didactic course work in our hospitals and community clinic. Unique experiences include work on our Chemical Dependency Unit to give Residents exposure to detoxing patients from a variety of substances, as well rotating at Reflections, the outpatient substance treatment clinic.  Other experiences include working on our Mobile Crisis Team, to evaluate patients where they live and a Geriatric Rotation at our on-site nursing facility. Elective time is allotted so each trainee can tailor the program to her/his own interests. Our excellent psychiatric care and dedication to teaching is reflected in the thanks and praise from our patients as well as from the community. We will be happy to talk with you about our educational opportunities and about joining our expanding and exciting department. Sincerely, Adam Chester, DO Associate Chairman, Department of Psychiatry Program Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Sohal Shipu, MD Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Daniel Chen. MD Chairman, Department of Psychiatry